Did you know that carrot oil is a very important ingredient that is used to produce shampoos, lotion and body creams? There are a couple of DIY procedures that can be used to produce carrot oil at home. You can choose to dehydrate slices of carrot in oil for some weeks, or just warm ground carrots with oil in a cooker. There are two ways to make carrot oil at home, you can use carrot infused oil or carrot macerated oil. Either way, you would get the same results.
In the course of this article, we would be taking you through a DIY guide on how to make carrot oil at home. Without further mouthing, let us delve into our carrot oil making guide.
Table of Content
- 1 What are Macerated Oils?
- 2 Practical Guide on how to make Carrot oil using maceration Technique at home
- 2.1 1. Wash and Slice the carrots
- 2.2 2. Blanche the slices of carrot
- 2.3 3. Put the carrots in a Tray and prepare to put them into an oven
- 2.4 4. Dehydrate Your Sliced Carrots Until they are totally dry
- 2.5 5. Put your now dry carrot slices in a blender with Olive Oil
- 2.6 6. Pulse Your carrots with the oil base of your choice
- 2.7 7. Here comes the moment of separation
- 2.8 8. Store the carrot oil in a cool dry place
- 3 How to produce Carrot Infused oil
What are Macerated Oils?
Macerated oils, which can also be known as infused oils can be defined as oils that are used as a solvent to extract the active components of plants, herbs or fruits. In the case of carrot oil, a base oil such as olive oil or sunflower oil can be used in the extraction.
Carrot oil is usually used for skincare formulations. Given that most skincare products used for lightening the skin contain carotene (an active ingredient in carrots), it is no surprise, that it is used as an organic skin lightening ingredient.
If you want to extract the chemical component of carrot used as an organic lightening, you need a quality fixed oil. In any type of plant oil maceration, olive oil or sunflower oil as the best picks for base oils used in the extraction procedure.
Other quality oils that you can turn to for the maceration of carrot are almond oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil.
One useful tip for making carrot oil is to wash the carrots well. The reason for this is to avoid microbial growth that might later make the carrot oil turn rancid.
The best way to perform carrot oil maceration is to use gentle heat. You can either use sunlight to gentle heat the mixture of carrot and the base oil or just use an oven or a cooker that has a temperature regulator.
Most of the time, carrot oil can be vulnerable to rancidity than other plant-based oil extracts. One way of curbing rancidity in carrot oil is to use at least 0.5 to 1.0% of vitamin E into your carrot maceration before starting.
Vitamin E also known as tocopherol by biochemists, is a good antioxidant. With antioxidants in your maceration mixture, your oils can be rancid-proof. Rancid carrot oil usually looks cloudy and smelly.
Practical Guide on how to make Carrot oil using maceration Technique at home
The following is a simple DIY guide on how to produce carrot oil using maceration at home.
1. Wash and Slice the carrots
This is the first and most important step in making carrot oil via the maceration procedure. Get up to 9 fresh carrots and wash them. Washing your carrots does not only remove dirt, but t also reduces the tendency to have a rancid oil due to microbial activity. So, after trimming off the green ends of your carrots, wash them well.
In slicing your carrots, use a sharp knife that is not dirty (remember that we don’t want the rancidity of our carrot oil in the future!). slice your freshly prepared carrots to be at least 3 millimetres thick. Then you can throw away the leafy greens of the carrots or keep them for some special recipe of some sort.
2. Blanche the slices of carrot
This is the second most important part of your carrot oil making guide. The time frame for blanching the sliced carrots in 3 minutes max.
Get a bowl that is filled with ice water, then keep it close to a cooker. Then, get a large pot that is filled with water and heat at a very high temperature.
Now, add your carrot slices and let them boil for the set time (3 minutes). Get a slotted spoon after heating, and remove the carrots from the broth. Introduce the carrots into a bowl that is filled with icy water, this would help the carrot retain its orange colouration.
3. Put the carrots in a Tray and prepare to put them into an oven
In this 3rd step, you need to preheat your oven to its lowest temperature. Next up, drain all the blanched carrots on a baking sheet. The need and use of the oven are to dehydrate the carrot. Carrot oil maceration cannot go on without dehydrating the carrot slices. Leave spaces between the carrots that are layered on the baking sheet. You can use a dehydrator tray as an alternative to using an oven for dehydration.
4. Dehydrate Your Sliced Carrots Until they are totally dry
If you are using an oven with its lowest setting to dehydrate, put the sheet of carrots in the oven for at least 10 hours until they are dried. when you are using a dehydrator, then you have to put the carrot oil in its dehydrator tray and dehydrate at a friendly temperature for the carrots (125 F for 10 to 15 hours).
If you do not want to use an oven for drying your blanched carrots, there is another hack for dehydration. You can use an airtight container to put the carrot slices into. Then, you leave in a sunny place for about three weeks maximum. Please don’t try this in countries in central Africa or Ethiopia, Sudan or Somalia. Forgive the sarcasm, but these countries can cook food with sunlight.
5. Put your now dry carrot slices in a blender with Olive Oil
Get a powerful blender or food processor, then, after cooling the carrot slices, pour oil into the blender. This is the moment where maceration starts proper. Add the carrot slices into the oil-filled blender. You can use any oil of your choice. In carrot oil maceration, the best oils to use are sesame oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, or sesame oil.
The blender-friendly oil quantity to use is ½ cup (120 ml) of oil.
6. Pulse Your carrots with the oil base of your choice
Take the lid of the blender or food processor and cover it.
After covering, pulse the mixture of the oil and the blender on and off for about a minute or two. This would make the carrot appear to be roughly ground up and with the oil in the mix, the mixture would appear to be orange. The next step would be to take the mixture and pour it into a clean glass jar. The jar for the carrot oil mix should be airtight.
Next up, leave the carrot oil to rest for about four to five weeks. Every day, make sure your stir the mixture together in other to achieve a perfect therapeutic blend. Within this duration, the carrot must have flavoured the oil already.
7. Here comes the moment of separation
The simple apparatus you would use in this step is a simple cheesecloth and a fine-mesh strainer. Take the strainer and put it across a glass jar. Use the cheesecloth as a barrier. Just pour the macerated carrot oil through the cheesecloth and throw away the solids. You can throw away the solids or use them as compost.
8. Store the carrot oil in a cool dry place
Put your final carrot oil product on a lid and store the oil in a refrigerator. The carrot oil can be used for up to eight months. If you ensure the carrot slices used had no dirt in them, they would not become rancid.
As stated earlier, you can also go-ahead to increase the shelf life of your carrot oil by adding tocopherol (vitamin E) to the mix.
How to produce Carrot Infused oil
Now that we know how to produce carrot oil through the process of maceration, let us learn how to make some carrot oil with the aid of infusion oil.
Here is a stepwise guide on how to make carrot oil with an infusion method.
1.Peel and Grate Your Carrots
Wash at least four carrots, then use any peeler to remove the skin of the carrot. After discarding the carrot peels, get a box grater, and grate the carrots against their narrow sides. Grate the carrots until you achieve a fine feel.
2. Put the grated carrots into a slow cooker with oil
Get a slow cooker that is at least 2 litres in size. Take your grated carrots and add them into the slow cooker and pour oil until you cover the carrots. Some of the oils you can use include; olive oils, coconut oils, sesame oil or sunflower oil.
3. Heat the oil at low temperature for 24 to 72 hours
Take the carrot plus oil mixture, put it in the cooker, and turn the cooker on at low temperature. The carrot oil would start to orange if as the oil is being infused into the mix.
4. Separate the oil with the aid of Cheesecloth
Put off the slow cooker and lay a piece of cheesecloth in a strainer. Now pour the oil and carrots through the cheesecloth to strain out the carrot solids. You can discard the solids or compost them.
5. Store the carrot-infused oil
Finally, transfer the oil to a clean jar and close it airtight. The carrot oil recovered can store for six to eight months.
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